Domestic Violence Victim Information on No Contact Orders
It is the practice of Lynnwood Municipal Court to issue No Contact Orders on all Domestic Violence cases.
A No Contact Order prohibits a defendant (the person charged with the crime) from having contact with the victim (protected person) either in person, by telephone, mail or through a third party.
No Contact Orders remain in effect until the expiration date on the order.
A violation of a No Contact Order is a criminal offense.
The court will consider a protected person's request to rescind (drop) a no contact order on the following conditions:
- The court has entered a finding and imposed a sentence.
- The defendant is in compliance with the conditions of the sentence.
- If the defendant is on active probation, the court will ask for a recommendation from the defendant's probation officer. If the defendant has not met with his/her probation officer or is not in recommended treatment, it is unlikely the probation officer will recommend the No Contact Order be lifted.
To rescind a No Contact Order, the protected person must appear at the court clerk's office (hours Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30) and complete a Protected Person's Motion to Modify/Rescind Domestic Violence No Contact Order. If the defendant is on active probation, this order will be forwarded to his/her probation officer for their recommendation. After the clerk's office receives the probation department recommendation, this order is forwarded for judicial review.
Upon completion of judicial review, the protected person will receive either an Order Denying Hearing or a Notice of Hearing to appear before the court to state on the record the reason for the request. Hearings to rescind a Domestic Violence No Contact Order are scheduled every other Thursday at 1:00 pm.
To obtain legal advice you should hire a lawyer (for "full service" representation of for "limited" representation) or, if you cannot afford one, contact a low cost or free legal service program. For a referral to a lawyer or a legal service program, call CLEAR (888) 201-1014.